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Thu Apr 17 08:45:31 SAST 2014

Korean athlete accuses coach of abuse

Reuters | 19 September, 2012 07:390 Comments
France's Mandy Francois-Elie (R) celebrates winning the Women's 100m T37 classification final at the Olympic Stadium during the London 2012 Paralympic Games September 2, 2012. This classification is for athletes with cerebral palsy
Image by: Eddie Keogh / REUTERS

An investigation has been launched after a South Korean athlete with cerebral palsy accused his coach of abusing him at the London Paralympic Games earlier this month.

The unnamed athlete also said the coach had taken money from him to pay for training sessions, the Yonhap News Agency said, adding that prosecutors in Incheon were investigating the reports.

“During the Paralympics, the coach one night returned home drunk and hammered the athlete’s head with a light stand,” the athlete’s aide told Yonhap.

“He has been abusing him frequently since 2010. The athlete is ranked number one in the world but couldn’t win a medal because of injuries he sustained from the coach’s abuse.”

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